Amnesty International: China Again Leads World in Executions

Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday published the 2018 edition of its annual report on the death penalty. The report found a 31 percent decrease in executions compared to 2017, “the lowest number of executions that Amnesty International has recorded in the past decade.”

WENZHOU, CHINA: CHINA OUT Chinese police show of a group of hardcore convicts at a sentencing rally in the east Chinese city of Wenzhou 07 April 2004, where 11 prisoners were later executed for various crimes. Amnesty International has called for a moratorium on the death penalty in China, saying …

China Encourages World to Embrace Death Penalty for Drug Crimes

China’s government-run Global Times newspaper encouraged the world on Thursday to embrace capital punishment for drug crimes, lamenting that “some people are still spending plenty of time talking about human right [sic] of drug smugglers.”

Inmates attend a ceremony to mark Mother's Day with some of their mothers at Chongqing Prison May 8, 2005 in Chongqing Municipality, China. The prison has invited mothers of inmates to celebrate Mother's Day during an event at the facility. China has carried out prison reform in big cities like …

Nobel Laureates Urge Saudi King to Halt 14 Executions

Ten Nobel Peace Prize winners have appealed to Saudi Arabia’s king and crown prince to show mercy and halt the executions of 14 young people sentenced to death for participating in protests in 2012.

Amnesty International found that at least once a week between 2011 and 2015, groups of up to 50 people at the Saydnaya prison near Damascus were taken out of their prison cells for arbitrary trials, beaten, then hanged Amnesty International found that at least once a week between 2011 and …

Saudis to Behead 23-Year-Old Disabled Man for Protesting Government

The Sunni kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, is expected to decapitate a disabled 23-year-old man who was sentenced to death for participating in anti-government protests in the predominantly Shiite eastern part of the country.


Report: Islamic State Drowns Seven in Mosul

A witness in the captive city of Mosul, Iraq, claims that the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) drowned seven civilians in an iron cage as a public spectacle.

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Report: Iran Executes Entire Male Population of Village for Drug Offenses

Anti-death-penalty activists have been asking the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime to cut some $20 million in funding for Iran’s anti-drug campaign, because Iran executes too many people. The latest evidence against Iran is an astounding report that every adult male in a certain village was executed for drug offenses.

An Iranian employee of the anti-drug police watches 50 tons of drugs seized in recent months burning in eastern Tehran on June 26, 2013 to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI (Photo credit should read BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images)

Report: Iran Is World’s Leading Executioner of Children

The Islamic Republic of Iran leads the way in invoking capital punishment upon minors, forgoing a past pledge to do away with the death penalty for citizens under eighteen, Amnesty International said in a report released Monday.

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Islamic State Video Shows Children Executing ‘Spies’ in Syria

The latest atrocity from the Islamic State is a video showing children – boys who look about ten years old, referred to by ISIS as the “Cubs of the Caliphate” – executing prisoners in Syria. Five of the murders are carried out with pistols, but the sixth is a knife beheading.

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CA Can Restore Death Penalty

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld Oklahoma’s three-drug lethal injection method, California can resume carrying out the death penalty, although mandatory administrative procedures and hearings could slow the process.

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Saudi Arabia Beheads 100th Person This Year

Saudi Arabia executed two more people on Monday, bringing the number of executions the kingdom has carried out to 100 so far this year alone. They are just 92 executions short of breaking their 1995 record.


Partners in Peace: Executions in Iran Are Surging

Executions are rising sharply in Iran, reaching a 12-year high in 2014, according to the United Nations’s Human Rights Council. The UN called this “deeply troubling” and further criticized Iran for not living up to promises that it would protect ethnic and religious minorities, according to a report at Voice of America News.


Saudi Arabia Beheads Woman by Sword in Mecca Public Square

Saudi Arabian authorities publicly beheaded a woman in the holy city of Mecca after a court convicted her of sexually abusing and murdering her stepdaughter. The kingdom has executed nine people only two weeks into the new year.


Reports: Iran Hanged Nine on Christmas Day

On Christmas day in Iran, at least nine prisoners were hanged by Iranian regime officials, according to reports. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) reports that seven were hanged in the infamous Adelabad prison on Christmas morning.